Wednesday 29 June 2022
Metalcore screaming for change

Protest comes in many forms!

Employed to Serve plays metallic hardcore that is a hard-hitting distillation of the frustration, fury and existential doubt of a youth enduring today’s socioeconomic shitstorm of someone else’s making.

Their music is a rallying cry for awareness and for change.

The band plays with such punishing ferocity and ingenuity that they will make believers out of anyone listening.

“I want to be that angry, aggressive record you put on that makes people want to do something positive, rather than wallowing in dirge and misery,” vocalist Justine Jones has stated.

Put on any of their records, and you’ll feel just that. Perhaps that’s why the band’s 2017 release, The Warmth of a Dying Sun, was chosen as album of the year by Kerrang!

Perhaps that’s why their latest album, Conquering, really conquers (!) star-studded reviews (just look here, here and here) and attracts more and more fans.

And perhaps that’s why the venues the band play in turn into raging seas of moshing crowds who feel Employed to Serve’s message. Justine Jones sounds like a beast – and the technical riffing, the grooves and the breakdowns all serve to punish in the best possible way.

Employed to Serve manages to straddle accessible metalcore melodies while staying grounded in more extreme sides of hardcore – and that speaks to large audiences.